Just Thoughts

New Year, Stressed Out Me

While it is only February, this year can get lost. Seriously.

My cat died, then my dog died. I finished writing a four book series and now I’m sitting here blankly. I have two other story ideas that I need to write out, but I am slightly fried, so I’m taking a break from writing and simply doing editing on my completed works.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing a little reading. To my absolute surprise, after editing and writing, I am finding that I am incredibly selective on what I read. For the first time in a very long time I have DNF (did not finish) a book. I couldn’t do it. I won’t name it here, but how are you a literal genius but have no clue about bodily functions, or how your body works? That just tells me you are walking around stankin’ because you are unaware of puberty. That’s not why I DNF’ed the book though. It was just a crawl. Another book, I finished it, but barely. It seems as if the author wrote it, then immediately put it out with no edits. Without even thinking about it, I started notating all of the grammatical and continuity errors I saw. It was to the point I was taken out of the story, as I was just editing. When I told my publisher, she immediately told me to stop, that it wasn’t my job. The story was incredible, so I finished it, but, yeah, I won’t be reading anything else of hers. My publisher informed me that with writing, I’m going to discover that I can no longer just read whatever is placed in front of me. Because of the writing and editing I do, I’m going to have discernment. I don’t know how I feel about that.

I did however read a book that I got from Stuff Your Kindle. It was so good that I bought the other three. As someone who had Kindle Unlimited, me buying books is rare, so you know I enjoyed it. Fatkini by Monica Ross was so good that I reached out to the author to let her know how much I enjoyed it. As someone who has Graves Disease (in remission), it was an absolute shock to see a book character with it. It’s considered a reverse harem I think, so if that’s your bag, check it out.

So that’s where I’m at right now. Drowning in a sea of depression, missing my dog desperately while trying to be a strong person for my kiddo who is missing her cat just as badly. Reading books, trying to find what I enjoy without being judgmental. I’m also going through, and making sure my books are displayed properly on Goodreads and StoryGraph. Remember, if you’ve read any of my books, please consider giving a review. It gives the books more visibility.

I hope your year is shaping up a lot better than mine is. I’ll catch you later.

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